International bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

Rusch writes in many genres, from science fiction to mystery, from western to romance. She has written under a pile of pen names, but most of her work appears as Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Her Kris Nelscott pen name has won or been nominated for most of the awards in the mystery genre, and her Kristine Grayson pen name became a bestseller in romance. Her science fiction novels set in the bestselling Diving Universe have won dozens of awards and are in development for a major TV show. She also writes the Retrieval Artist sf series and several major series that mostly appear as short fiction.

Rusch broke a number of barriers in the sf/f field, including being the first female editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She has owned two different publishing companies, and she is an in-demand speaker about business and craft. She also writes a highly regarded weekly publishing industry blog. To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,,

A Freelancer's Survival Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This insightful bundle includes three books from the Freelancer's Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Getting Started

Everyone says they want to be their own boss, but very few people know how. This book will help you learn how to think properly about owning a business. It gives you guidelines in setting up your office (in or out of the house), setting your schedule, and establishing your priorities. Getting started properly will put your business on the road to success.

When to Quit Your Day Job

The biggest dream all freelancers have is to work for themselves. They want to ditch the day job. Many freelancers quit their day job too early. Some wait too long. Some never do quit. And some should return to a day job for a few years while they fine-tune their business.

A step-by-step survival guide to the decisions you need to make to become and stay a freelancer in any business.

Networking in Person And Online

Networking sounds hard—and it is, if you're trying to do it "right." Instead, do it your way. International bestseller Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers her tips on networking in person. She solicited the help of great online networkers like bestsellers Neil Gaiman and Michael A. Stackpole to give online networking tips. This short book teaches you everything you need to know about networking—and more!


I've started a lot of businesses. I've had some good luck with some and bad luck with others. What you do at start-up will influence the way the business grows. And, I'm sorry to tell you writers, when you publish your first piece of writing and get paid for it, you've started a business. Best to learn how to be business-minded. This little book will help. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch



  • "[Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog,] The Business Rusch…is full of sound advice and analysis about what's going on."

    – Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
  • "The bible for the self-employed."

    – John Ottinger III, teacher and editor of Grasping for the Wind
  • "A soup-to-nuts guide for business. Don't be without it."

    – Virginia Baker, President, Indigo Ink Communications




So you want to work for yourself. You've quit your day job, or you're about to. And suddenly, you're overwhelmed. What do you do next? How do you make it through the day? Where do you work? Are you working? It certainly doesn't feel like you're working.

Most of us have never learned how to set our own schedule, or design our own workspace. Most of us have let others set our priorities from the day we were born. We moved from school to job, from our parents to our spouses, without a thought. We do what we're told or what we should do.

And when we're on our own, we suddenly don't know how to behave.

This short book is more about how to think than how to act. Because you can't act before you think things through. So, figure out what you want to do, figure out where you'll do it, and figure out what's most important to you.

Once you have those things, you're ready to begin.

This short book is three chapters of a huge how-to book called The Freelancer's Survival Guide. I wrote this book in public, posting chapters on my blog every week for about two years, starting in April of 2009. If you want to read more, go to and click on the Freelancers' Guide tab, or pick up one of the other eight Freelancer Short Books or the full Freelancers' Survival Guide, available in both e-book and paperback.

If you look at the blog, you'll see that I wrote the chapters out of order, as the topics came up. I decided, as I put the book in its proper order for print and electronic publication, to post short sections. If you're like me, sometimes one section has all the answers you need. The rest of the book is superfluous.

This short book will get you started. The others will keep you on track. If you haven't quite decided whether or not to go full time, take a look at When To Quit Your Day Job, another Freelancer's Survival Guide Short Book.

— Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Lincoln City, Oregon

July 14, 2010